KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance at a reception for the RNC site selection committee in Kansas City tonight.
According to a source in the room when the former Vice President spoke, he praised the city's hosting of the 1976 convention, and urged the assembled party insiders to strongly consider an early summer convention, a timetable that would favor Kansas City and the Sprint Center, which has no NBA or NHL tenant.
Cheney was introduced at the downtown reception by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
Cheney has deep ties to the 1976 convention, held in Kansas City's Kemper Arena. He was then-president Gerald Ford's chief of staff, and helped broker the detente between Ford and rival Ronald Reagan.